Dream interpretation- an early example

One of the earliest written examples of dream interpretation comes from the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh.Gilgamesh dreamt that an axe fell from the sky. The people gathered around it in admiration and worship. Gilgamesh threw the axe in front of his mother and then he embraced it like a wife.

His mother, Ninsun, interpreted the dream. She said that someone powerful would soon appear. Gilgamesh would struggle with him and try to overpower him, but he would not succeed. Eventually they would become close friends and accomplish great things.

She added, "That you embraced him like a wife means he will never forsake you. Thus your dream is solved." While this example also shows the tendency to see dreams as mantic (as predicting the future), Ninsun's interpretation also anticipates a contemporary approach. The axe, phallic and aggressive, symbolizes for a male who will start as aggressive but turn into a friend. To embrace an axe is to transform aggression into affection and camaraderie.

In ancient Egypt, priests also acted as dream interpreters. Joseph and Daniel are recorded as having interpreted dreams sent from God, and indeed the Bible describes many incidents of dreams as divine revelation. Hieroglyphics depicting dreams and their interpretations are evident. Dreams have been held in considerable importance through history by most cultures. (From wikipedia).


I encourage my clients who are serious about developing their awareness, to work with their dreams, by starting a dream journal. This is because dreams are your mind’s indirect way of giving you useful information in a language that is formed by your conscious and subconscious belief system, memories, experiences, and emotional blue print.

Often, the mind creates symbols that represent situations and experiences that we go through. These symbols form significant components, or elements, of a dream conveying important messages, or insights, into whatever we are going through, physically and emotionally. If you like, it our mind's way of processing our experiences, and offering solutions.

Dreams reflect your own fears and hopes- your mental construct or belief system. Your brain is ticking along- even in your sleep state! That is why I truly believe that no self-development, or awareness, journey is complete, without looking into the language of dreams. Moreover, dreaming, or sleep time, represent 30% of our lives. It is, therefore, important to pay attention to messages that come through dreams.

Each dream, and its meaning, is unique to its "author". If two people were to have an identical dream, the interpretation and meaning may be entirely different because the mind’s language differs from person to person. Each would have created that dream using their mind’s language, or dictionary, and therefore symbols, events or people they dream about would represent and hold individually different meaning to each of them.

In a consultation session, we will take and in depth look at 1, 2, or 3 of your dreams at a time (depending on how long your dream is). I direct the session by asking you questions that will help to defragment your dream into its important components. I will highlighting important symbols, then explore what was going on in your "real life" at the time of the dream. Gradually, as we integrate both, your dream life and your real life, a picture will emerge that allows you to begin to understand your own dream language and the meaning of your dream.

As an additional tool to help understand and interpret your dreams, I suggest using The Cartouche Cards, which is now on offer to purchase through me. Email me for details.

Fee £200 GBP.You can also have your session over the telephone or Skype, providing it falls during my office hours baring in mind the time difference. If you are coming in person, no need to book online, just email me to set up an appointment.


Start a dream journal!

I have been working on my dreams and other people’s for more than 15 years. This journey started with meeting Jill Wood, an incredible person and a teacher, who opened up an entire new world for me.

Although any dream may hold some universal symbols within it, the dream as a whole represents a unique fingerprint of an individual’s mind. As such, the message which a dream communicates would also be unique and specific to the dreamer.

Over the years, this allowed me to develop a universal dictionary of the meaning of symbols in dreams; as well as what the dream, as a whole, means and what message it holds on a personal level.

Please take a moment to check books page on my web site, to see my recommended book list on dreams , if you wish to expand your dream knowledge further.

As an additional tool to help understand and interpret your dreams, I suggest using The Cartouche Cards, which is now on offer to purchase through my online store.

You can experiment with sleeping with one card under your pillow, perhaps one that relates to a question you have on your mind, or do a spread and ask what does your dream mean. Follow the interpretation of the symbols, then write down how each card relates to your situation.